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Manchester bond will provide funding for road repairs

New Hampshire Union Leader

June 10. 2013 8:57PM

MANCHESTER — The aldermen are set to approve a $1.5 million bond and a $901,000 spending plan Tuesday evening for the coming fiscal year that will fund road repairs, infrastructure upgrades and nonprofit organizations.

The budget for Community Improvement Program (CIP) reflects an increase in the availability of federal funds compared to when Mayor Ted Gatsas first proposed his $756,000 CIP budget in February.

The $901,000 spending plan represents the city's share of the CIP budget. Factoring in federal, state and bond money, the budget totals $8.5 million.

The aldermen's Committee on Community Improvement voted to support the revised budget last week. A central focus of the budget is road resurfacing and repairs. It designates $330,000 for road and sidewalk construction, $95,000 more than the mayor's budget.

The $1.5 million bond would be used to fund road repaving. The bond was necessary because federal Community Development Block Grants used to support road construction can't be used for maintenance, according to Planning Director Leon LaFreniere.

The bond "will certainly allow for substantial street repaving," he said.

The budget also boosts grants, totalling $605,000, to a host of nonprofit organizations that work with the needy.

Among the organizations that are funded through the CIP budget are the Manchester Community Resource Center, which is earmarked to get $65,000, a $5,000 increase over the mayor's budget, and the Child Health Services Pediatric Clinic, which is set to get $50,000, a $20,000 increase. The fiscal 2014 budget takes effect July 1.

The aldermen approved the final city and school budgets last week.

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